Last year I knew what was going to happen (when COVID began). I called it (and was proven right) that Delta would / should extend status because business travel would be dead for most of 2020. But 2021 was looking better and Delta (the airline, not the variant of the death virus) chose to listen to someone who said “things will get better so don’t extend again, but offer a promo to fly more” (even on awards since Delta values SkyMiles at 1 cent each like cash).
Unfortunately, things did not work out as Delta (the airline) planned.
Clearly, thanks to idiot anti vaxers or vax-hesitant folks (also idiots, btw), airlines are again in real trouble and Delta (again the airline not the variant) caved and pushed status for another year. This impacted my plans that were based on what Skymiles published would be the law of the land this year for earning next year’s medallion status.
Now most of what I booked, status run-wise, were for flights in 2022 — not 2021. All of my 2021 bookings with Delta were to make just enough points and spend to earn Silver Medallion and roll over as many MQMs as I could.
Well, that matters not now becasue all MQMs rollover.
Flying Delta the rest of 2021 matters NOT… (other than piling on lots of points)
I mean adding tons of points to rollover into 2022 is how Delta is selling this mega change of plans from the beginning of the year. But IMO there will be tons of other opportunities to amass points in the year to come due to Delta (again, the death virus — not the airline).
This means we need to shift our thinking for the rest of this year.
Delta (the airline this time) is happy to let you cancel just about anything and get either your money back or credit for another flight when Delta (the death virus) is gone or gone-ish.
OK, that means time to take advantage of this change.
I booked a trip to the Caribbean for this winter. I booked Delta tickets for about 60,000 SkyMiles each way in business class (I know, a sick amount of SkyRubles but I have a ton and needed the spend when I booked them). But as an all-things-points enthusiast, I have lots and lots of points in just about every program that exists (or transferrable points that I can send to another program — think American Express® Membership Rewards® and Chase Ultimate Rewards®).
But with unlimited free changes, why not look for better options?
My Delta flight was a CRJ to a 737-800. The long leg was over 3 hours long. Now, on AA, I am booked for just 20k AA points and riding a CRJ to a 777 with full-flat seats on the long leg.
Winning? You bet ya!
I have not just rebooked this trip for lower — but look at every Delta trip I have to see if there are ways for me to lower my cost on anything else I have booked. And not just airfares but hotels and other bits of trips to see where I can lower my points cost all-in.
Bottom line is this – right now we are in the driver’s seat and if we have been wise enough, even during the pandemic, to keep amassing all kinds of points we can take advantage of the current situation to save a little (or a lot) for the trips we have planned! – René
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